The Human Neuroscience BSc is taught by international experts in neuroscience research and gives students broad coverage from molecules to behaviour.
How you will learn
Your learning will take place in a range of different settings across the University, including:
- Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Your personal tutor
You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies. They will provide academic support and advice to enable you to make the most of your time here at Birmingham. We also have dedicated academic tutors who provide professional support, advice and guidance to students across a range of issues. They can meet with you to discuss extensions, disabilities, reasonable adjustments, extenuating circumstances, or talk through any problems you might be experiencing, and help you access wider support on campus and beyond.
During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support.
Seminars and tutorials
The course is taught through a timetable of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes. You will be taught by a mixture of professors, doctors and postgraduates, thereby receiving a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience. You can find out more about the members of staff in the School of Psychology where you can read about their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest.
We advocate an enquiry-based learning approach. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner, qualities that are highly sought after by employers. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.
Our Academic Skills Centre will also develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. The centre aims to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of high-quality learning support services.
These range from drop-in sessions provided by experienced mathematicians, to workshops on a range of topics including note talking, reading, writing and presentation skills.
Lecturers and world leading researchers
The world-leading research we do feeds directly into our undergraduate programmes, which means you will be learning from academics who are experts in their fields.
The School’s research is supported by approximately £4.7 million grant income per year and has the latest equipment and a number of specialised research centres including:
Resources and facilities
You will have the opportunity to conduct an advanced research project in laboratories involved in cutting-edge research.
You will have access to purpose-built facilities specifically equipped for work in human brain sciences and our research laboratories include facilities for the latest techniques, including:
- Functional magnetic resonance imaging
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation
- Transcranial direct-current stimulation
We also have behavioural laboratories devoted to: attention, language, emotion, memory, motor control and eye-tracking.
Throughout your Human Neuroscience BSc degree you can expect an average of around 12 contact hours per week. Approximately half of the time is in lectures and the other half in other activities such as tutorials, seminars, workshops or labs. The exact number will vary according to your module choices as you will choose from the different schools that contribute to the programme and the hours also vary according to year.
At the beginning of each module you will be given information on how and when you will be assessed for that particular programme of study.
You will receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks so you can learn from and build on what you have done.
Assessment varies by module, but in addition to your third year research project (dissertation), you can expect to complete:
- Lab reports
- Grant proposals
- Oral presentations
- Short answer questions
- Multiple choice examinations
During your first year you will undergo a formal transition review to see how you are progressing.